Hampton University

The Graduate College



The Graduate College, Hampton University

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668

United States


1-757-727-5454 or 1-



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Physics, M.S. in Physics; M.S. in Medical Physics; M.S. in Nuclear Physics; M.S. in Optical Physics; and M.S. in Plasma Physics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Physics offers course work and research opportunities that lead to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics. The Center for Atmospheric Sciences has been closely associated with the department. The Department of Physics is located in the Olin Building for the academic programs and has well-equipped laboratories and computer rooms for the undergraduate and graduate programs. Medical, Optical, Plasma and Nuclear Physics concentrations are available through the department. The faculty, staff, and students conduct research on-campus in the Graduate Physics Research Facility and in the Olin Building, and off-campus at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and other international research institutions when appropriate funding is available. Master of Science in Physics or Physics with Medical Physics Concentration The thesis based Master of Science degree is designed to provide graduate education for those persons who seek the master’s as the terminal degree or seek to pursue the master’s enroute to a doctoral degree in atmospheric science, physics, or planetary science. The applicant to the program is expected to have a baccalaureate degree in physics, engineering, a related field, or equivalent experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of required courses, nine (9) hours of approved electives and three (3) hours of thesis research. Students prepare and defend a Master’s thesis in partial fulfillment of requirements for graduation from the program. The admission and completion requirements are the same as those of the GraduateCollege. Depending on the background of the incoming student, the Medical Physics concentration program is a 2-3 year program consisting of courses, clinical “rotations”, and hands-on research. A grade of “B” or better is required for all core courses. There is a prerequisite interview for all clinical rotations. The program was designed to conform to guidelines established by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educations Programs (CAMPEP), and prepare students for eventual certification by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Radiological Physics or one or more of its many specialty fields, including Medical Nuclear Physics, Diagnostic Radiological Physics, and Therapeutic Radiological Physics. Prerequisite undergraduate courses include quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, mechanics, anatomy and physiology. Applications will be reviewed individually, and additional courses to the basic program may be suggested.


Hampton University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctorate levels.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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